Posted by on 18/02/2013


TLM074: Shane Berry – Akaforme

With remixes by Knowing Looks, Hans Berg, Johanna Knutsson, Max Ulis


1. Shane Berry – Akaforte (Original Mix)

2. Shane Berry – Akaforte (Knowing Looks Remix)

3. Shane Berry – Akaforte (Hans Berg & Johanna Knutsson Time Travel Mix)

4. Shane Berry – Akaforme (Original Mix)

5. Shane Berry – Akaforme (Max Ulis Rework)

6. Shane Berry – Akasorme (Original Mix)

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Shane Berry first came to our attention with a string of deadly releases for Trapez LTD produced during his time in Tokyo seven years ago. Now based in Belgrade, he’s followed up recent remixes of Arthur Oskan on TLM071 with his first full-fledged EP for Thoughtless: Akaforme.

Dealing in abstract techno that’s anything but indirect, Akaforte kicks off with a seductively throbbing low end before gradually escalating with rolling chord patterns, syncopated halftime percussion, and drawn out leads that pull inexorably toward a deftly executed climax. Following a string of releases on West Norwood Cassette Library, Toronto’s Knowing Looks delivers his second remix for Thoughtless with a deliriously off-kilter bass-heavy excursion, while the Swedish duo of Fullbarr’s Hans Berg and Klasse’s Johanna Knutsson team up for an infectiously bouncy acid house version that preserves the main theme of the original while repurposing it for early morning usage.

Akaforme shows Shane in top form: cranking the bass, turning up the heat, and adding a dash of the deliciously weird for a peak time dish that ought to satisfy even the hungriest dance floors. Vancouver underground favorite Max Ulis turns in a bass-fueled breakbeat rework that twists the acidic elements of the original into deformed percussion that never loosens its magnetic grip.

Finally, Akasorme takes an arguably more hypnotic approach than the other two originals, employing expansively dubbed percussion over top of persistent polyrhythms made all the more dynamic by Shane’s impressive use of effects. Flexing his production muscle with a powerful trilogy, Mr. Berry is back – you heard it here first…


Very good EP – I like the original and the Berg & Knutsson mix most! EXERCISE ONE, Mobilee

Ulis rework is sick!! SKREAM, Tempa

Knowing Looks remix is dope. Max Ulis remix is dope too. Will play them both. RED RACK’EM, Smuggler’s Inn

Nice tracks – will try out this weekend. Thanks guys! SLAM, Soma

Max Ulis remix is amazing. GRENIER, Frite Nite

Thanks a lot – support! SACHA ROBOTTI, Dirtybird

Really cool package, adds real texture to my sets – thanks! DJ STRYKE, Ovum

Minimal bendy tech-house with a tight edge and plenty of freak-factor. DEEPCHILD, Trapez

Fantastic release, love it! ROLAND M. DILL, Herzblut

Solid release, thanks for the music. EDGAR DE RAMON, Mindshake

Overall great package – will play! PAT FONTES, Airdrop

All the originals here are slamming. I will be playing Akaforme out in NY for sure. Super edgy and deep at the same time. Major support. ADAM COLLINS, Euphoria

Photograph by Synaptic Imagery · Mastering by Jay Hodgson

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